By Swami Harshananda
Śrī Kṛṣṇa was born on the midnight of Śrāvaṇa-kṛṣṇa-aṣṭamī. He was immediately transported from the prison of Kañsa, the tyrant, to the house of Nanda, the chief of the cow-herds at Gokula. The next day known as Srīkrsna-jayantī or simply Jayantī, was celebrated by Nanda with great joy and fervor. Hence that day, the Jayantī, is also called as ‘Nandotsava’.
- It falls on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Śrāvaṇa, generally in August.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore